We're ready for a barn-burner from the good doctor here at Netroots Nation, if his interview with Sam Stein yesterday is any indication.Howie P.S.: Politico interviewed Dean yesterday in a bookstore where he was doing a book-signing: "Howard Dean responds to 'outlandish' health claims."
"I do think there will be primaries as the result of all this, if the bill doesn't pass with a public option," Dean said, in a phone interview with the Huffington Post....
As he has done before, Dean criticized talk of substituting a government run program with co-operative insurance plans, calling the latter a "fig leaf."
"This talk about co-ops is a political compromise it is not a policy compromise," he said, of the discussions currently underway in the Senate Finance Committee. "And I think most people, on both sides of the aisle know that co-ops won't work."
Asked about a column by long-time Democratic strategist Paul Begala, urging progressives not to shy away from tackling health care in a more incremental approach, Dean shot back: "The public option is incrementalism.... But there is no incrementalism without the public option." He explained: "If you don't have a public option this bill is not even incremental, in terms of adequate health care reform... Paul is not entirely wrong. It is just that the last shred of reform is the public option."
So follow along and I'll try to keep up here liveblogging. And of course, we're streaming it (the video is down below).Majority Dem caucus wants public option, Senate Finance will have to recognize that. We can be polite, but be firm. We've already made our compromise, and there will be no more. The Democratic Congress needs to support the Democratic President (and the crowd goes wild!).
Friday, August 14, 2009
mcjoan @ Netroots Nation: "Howard in the House!!"
mcjoan (daily kos):